Through our Aging in Place program, Dekalb Habitat helps older adults age at home and in communities of their choice. We collaborate with human services organizations to evaluate individual needs and provide critical home repairs, modifications and community services specific to each homeowner’s lifestyle to preserve their home and their independence.
We have two programs to serve our older Americans:
The Home Repair Program works with homeowners who need assistance with critical repairs that will alleviate health and safety issues. Habitat also offers Home Preservation as a component of the Repair Program to address minor home maintenance and repairs to the home and Aging in Place services for older adults and those with physical or mental impairments to better enable people to live and age safely in their homes.
This program is open to all military veterans, provided they have received an honorable or general discharge. Critical home repair is interior, or exterior work performed to alleviate critical health, life, and safety issues or code violations, including a change to or repair of materials or components; a reconfiguration of space; a modification for accessibility; installation or extension of plumbing, mechanical or electrical systems on an existing structure.
Our unique approach: Housing Plus model
Habitat is consistently working at the intersection of housing, human services and health in all that we do. We innovated the Housing Plus model, a range of person-centered, holistic approaches that starts with the older adult’s needs, then builds out a solution that incorporates not only home repairs and modifications, but community resources as well.
By looking at a full network of resources in addition to offering repairs and modifications, Habitat helps tailor a holistic approach for each homeowner so they can safely and securely remain in their homes as they age.
Home provides a strong sense of security and comfort — this is especially true for older adults: one of the fastest-growing demographics in the country.
A 2018 survey by AARP found that 76% of adults over age 50 want to remain in their current residence as they get older. And by 2030, 20% of the U.S. population will be 65 or older.
Yet, more than 19 million older adults are living in homes that are in disrepair or ill-equipped to safely meet their needs and changing abilities.
By supporting Habitat DeKalb, you can help more older adults age in place.
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